The New York man who was shot in the back of the head in a diner was previously in a romantic relationship with the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, according to the District Attorney’s office.
On December 6, Heiton Camacho-Bonilla, 37, reportedly shot Harrison Ferreiras, 37, at the Seafood King Fish Market in Washington Heights. According to WABC, the guy allegedly snatched Ferreiras’ phone and then demanded that a restaurant employee hand up her phone and the cash in the register.
Officials now claim that Camacho-Bonilla orchestrated the heist in order to make the attack on Ferreiras appear random, when in reality he was envious of the victim’s connection with his ex.
Ferreiras had a “brief romantic fling” with the mother of Camacho-Bonilla’s child, according to officials, eight months after Camacho-Bonilla’s relationship with the woman ended.
“This act was premeditated, deliberate, and callous, and it is only by sheer luck that the victim is alive, albeit with significant injuries and pain,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexander Patton told a judge, according to the New York Post.
“[Camacho-Bonilla] attempted to assassinate the victim based on jealousy, and tried to throw investigators off his scent by pretending it was a robbery.”
According to WABC, Ferreiras was hospitalized in severe condition after a bullet injured him in the cheek. His status is presently stable, but his mother informed the New York Post that her son is unable to speak at the moment.
Camacho-Bonilla was accused of robbery, assault, and attempted murder.